Master Art Museum and Gallery Practice, MPrac

Newcastle University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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After completing your MA, you take a supervised and mentored work-based placement module over 36 weeks in an institution, organisation or agency related to art museums or art galleries.

The International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) will set up this placement for you after a detailed discussion. Previous cohorts of MPrac students have carried out their placements with:

the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art;

Beamish North of England Open Air Museum;

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums;

the Great North Museum,

and Hartlepool Arts, Museums and Events.

The work-based placement requires the submission of a project agreed between the placement host organisation, the student and the University.

A mixture of taught modules and two work-based placements (eight and 36 weeks), will provide you with a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and understanding, and practical experience.


Compulsory modules
Year 1
ICS8001 Issues and Ideas in Museum, Gallery and Heritage
ICS8002 Management in Museum, Gallery and Heritage
ICS8003 Communication and Interpretation in Museum, Gallery & Heritage
ICS8015 Museums, Galleries and Heritage Placement
ICS8099 Dissertation
Year 2
ICS8019 Gallery Employer-Based Placement
Optional modules
You will take 40 credits of optional modules from the following:
ICS8005 Art Curatorship 1: working with histories, objects and agendas AND
ICS8006 Art Curatorship 2: exhibitions and exhibiting
ICS8022 Art Museum and Gallery Education 1 AND
ICS8023 Art Museum and Gallery Education 2


Normally an upper-second-class Honours degree, or an international equivalent, in Fine Art, Craft, Design or Art History. It is not necessary for you to have a full degree in an art-related subject, but you should have studied modules in art history, art theory and/or fine art, craft and design.

We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors.

Where applicants have borderline or non-standard qualifications we may contact you to request additional information, and/or, in some instances, to request you attend an interview (these may be in person, via telephone or Skype).

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and speaking and a minimum of 5.5 in other sub-skills), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent (with a minimum of 54 in speaking and writing and 51 in listening and reading).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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